Each Thursday this summer, BIG 100.3 will play a classic live performance at noon.  The song will come from actual concerts in the Washington D.C. area.

#TBT (also known as Throwback Thursday) is an opportunity to take a look (and a listen) back to the incredible artists that have come through the nation's capital over the years. 

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This week's #TBT will feature Pearl Jam.  The track comes from the band's performance at Constitution Hall in 1998.

The #TBT song is Black from the band's debut album, Ten.

Pearl Jam formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990.  Guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament were reeling from the death of Andrew Wood, the singer of their pre-Pearl Jam band Mother Love Bone.  Gossard and Ament joined forces with lead guitarist Mike McCready.  The trio borrowed Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and recorded an instrumental demo.

The guys gave the demo to former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons.  Irons turned down an opportunity to become the band's drummer, but he did share the demo with a friend who was living in San Diego named Eddie Vedder.

Vedder wrote lyrics and recorded vocals for three of the songs on the demo.  The band flew him up to Seattle and he was in the band within a week.

Vedder, Gossard, Ament, McCready and a variety of drummers exploded in the early 1990's with three other Seattle bands: Nirvana; Alice in Chains; and Soundgarden.

By 1998, Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain was dead, Alice in Chains front-man Layne Staley was a recluse, and Soundgarden had broken up.  But, Pearl Jam was still going.  In fact, Cameron had joined the band on drums by this time.

The Seattle survivors are still touring and have developed a reputation as one of rock's strongest live acts.

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